RIPLEY – What began as a chase earlier this month developed into a case in which several stolen vehicles were recovered. Three brothers linked to the case have been arrested, and a fourth brother is being sought, Tippah authorities said Monday afternoon.
Tippah County investigating deputy Chris McCallister outlined the case.
“John Paul Burnett, who is from Alabama, was wanted for jail escape out of Winston County, Alabama, Last Monday, July 11, I chased him and he hit the woods in Benton County, then bailed out and escaped,” the deputy said.
Burnett kept calling during the following days, talking about the charges against him. Meanwhile, a wrecker was stolen from U.S. 72 in Tippah County. McCallister said he later developed information indicating that John Paul Burnett’s brother, Joshua, of Alabama, had stolen the wrecker, then taken it to a scrap yard in Corinth and had it crushed.
Joshua is now being sought in connection with the wrecker theft, and also for failing to register as a sex offender, McCallister said.
Meanwhile, another Burnett brother, Jacob, is now in jail in Alcorn County after he was stopped there in a vehicle stolen from Alabama.
From there, the trail led to the Tippah County Road 700 residence of the Burnetts’ half-brother Shannon “Dink” Glaze. There, Tippah deputies recovered a stolen flatbed truck and a riding lawnmower, both stolen from Alabama earlier this month.
Glaze was then charged with receiving stolen property, and is now free on $10,000 bond.
After that, the investigation led to Lake Chautauqua, where tires, a motor, a gas tank and several other parts were recovered from an 18-wheeler stolen from Alabama.
“Meanwhile, John Paul continued to call me, wondering what was going on with Dink. I was able to determine that John Paul was at his mother’s house in Walker County, Alabama. We alerted authorities there, who later caught him driving a vehicle stolen from Tippah County. The 1992 Chevrolet pick-up was recovered before it had even been reported stolen,” McCallister said.
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